Saturday, January 11, 2014

Scooby-Doo Team-up #3 Review

Written by: Sholly Fisch
Art by: Dario Brizuela
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: December 31, 2013

Dog Wonder to the Rescue

I love Batman.  I love Scooby-Doo.  So how can you go wrong when you combine the Caped Crusader with Scooby, Shaggy and the rest of the gang.  The honest truth is, you can't.

The Mystery Analysts of Gotham City are meeting and have invited special guest speakers Velma, Daphne, Fred, Shaggy and of course Scooby-Doo.  The meeting takes a turn when most of the members think they are being attacked by a giant monster.  Only Scooby-Doo and Ace the Bat Hound see through the ruse and the villain concocting it.  Ace helps Scooby shed his fear by giving him a certain yellow cape and they are off to save the day.

Sholly Fisch is giving DC readers (especially ones of the New 52) something missing from the regular offerings...a fun, family friendly book. Fisch nails the characters of both the Scooby-Doo gang and the classic Batman from the TV series and early cartoons.  It's good in the ways that Pixar movies are good, it's a kid's book with so many great references that adults can enjoy it as well.  When Velma tells the meeting that a villain "would have gotten away with it, if not for us meddling kids!" I laughed out loud. The book is also a great introduction to the Batman Universe for children who are not ready for the big boy New 52.

Artist Dario Brizuela nails the Hannah Barbara look.  The book looks like it jumped right out of my TV (if my TV was back in 1976 with my 7 year old self sitting in front of it with footsie pajamas).  It just shouts out fun.

Edit:  Someone pointed out this should be listed as issue #2, but it is actually Chapter #3 released digitally on December 25th, 2013 (  Issue #2 is the collected print issue of this two part arc. The digital versus print of these titles makes it confusing.  I also called Velma "Thelma" which was just me being stupid!

Bits and Pieces:

Scooby-Doo Team-up #3 is a great family friendly book that kids and adults can both enjoy.  Kids get a taste of the Batman Universe without being scared or confused and adults can enjoy the in-jokes from both Scooby-Doo and Batman cartoons/Tv shows. It's a win in my book.



  1. Issue 3 with Bat Mite is, in my humble opinion, the best story yet in this new title. It's funny, clever with a nice touch of the absurd. It's better to buy the physical version. Not sure why the digital version is split into two halves, bit strange.

    1. I'll check it out. Usually I really like the digital versions, but DC really screwed this title's digital releases.